South Lake Tahoe is the outdoor enthusiasts’ wonderland. Summer visitors can kayak, mountain bike and squeeze in a sunset hike all in the same day. The winter yields world-class alpine skiing, as well as opportunities for tubing, ice skating and sleigh riding.
Snowshoers of all skill levels will find suitable trails nearly everywhere. Whether you want to climb a peak for a view of beautiful Tahoe and its surrounding snow-blanketed peaks or are just looking for a short and relaxing outing—here you’ll find it all.
Snowshoer’s visiting South Lake for the first time will want to make a visit to the famous Desolation Wilderness area. Beginners should try some shorter trails such as Eagle Lake or Granite Lake. Those seeking more distance will find Cathedral Lake or a trip to the Velma Lakes more suitable to their wishes.
Other popular South Shore options include Fallen Leaf Lake and Hope Valley. For a serious challenge try Mt. Tallac but beware this is a long and difficult outing with strenuous elevation gain however the view from the top is truly remarkable and arguably Tahoe’s premier vantage point. Other mentionable trails include: Marlette Lake, Spooner Lake area and when snowpack permits a trip to Skunk Harbor is a wonderful lakeside shoeing experience.
The key to maximizing your stay in South Tahoe starts with the right basecamp. Anyone looking to make the most of their trip will want to lodge at The Landing Resort. With close proximity to all the essential recreation opportunities as well as South Shore’s bustling nightlife this is the perfect jumping off point.
The Landing is also Tahoe’s only lake front five-star lodging opportunity. Recently remodeled and under new ownership, the resort has been reborn with a stylish construction that draws upon classic and modern components alike creating a visually pleasing uniqueness that sets this property apart from its counterparts.
The winter visitor will be glad to know that a gas fireplace awaits in each room ready to thaw you out after a day of snow-play. Many rooms have lake views and some have private balconies overlooking the lake—perfect for uncorking a bottle of your favorite wine and watching a legendary Tahoe sunset. All rooms have the amenities you’d expect from five-star lodging and even a few unexpected pleasantries such as heated bathroom floors and Keurig machines for gourmet coffee on demand.
Speaking of gourmet, you’ll find dining at the on-site restaurant Jimmy’s a step into the savory. Celebrity chef Maria Elia brings to pass a menu of Greek and regional California cuisine that quite simply take you on an epicurean’s journey. The food is backed by a comprehensive and rather extensive wine list. The layout of Jimmy’s facilitates a big part of the magic. Tables situated strategically facilitate a relaxing bit of privacy to eliminate distractions and bumps during your conversation. An elegant color scheme puts the finishing touches on your deluxe dining experience.
The Landing’s full service spa provides all the invigorating epidermal niceties one could imagine. Massage options are tailored to preference and an eclectic menu of facials rely on fine organic and all natural rejuvenation products. A steam room, sauna and showers are also available 24 hours a day. Check The Landing’s website for specials and promotions, occasions such as Valentine’s Day feature romantic couple packages that are sure to delight.
If you decide to venture out without the snowshoes, The Landing offers a complimentary shuttle service which transports guests into the heart of South Lake Tahoe giving you access to casinos, which host year around concerts and events. It also stops at nearby Heavenly Village where world-famous ski slopes will keep the Alpinist enthused with hours of recreation.
Even if you don’t ski, a ride on Heavenly’s Gondola will take you on a 2.4-mile scenic ride up the mountain for some spectacular lake views and plenty of shopping, food and activities await at the village. Snowshoers will want to browse such retailers as The North Face and Patagonia amidst many other sports outfitters.
Snowshoeing Tahoe is a must. Many visitors make this area an annual vacation. And no matter what time of year you’re able to visit you’re sure to have a memorable trip. Staying at The Landing will make your trip even more memorable and comfortable. For the serious winter enthusiast this might just become your new favorite destination. Now just bring the camera and your gear and let Tahoe do the rest.
Helpful Information and Resources:
Snowshoe Trails of Tahoe by Michael C. White. Wilderness Press